Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Series love…is serious love


I don't watch a ton of TV, but every now and then I run across a show that I quickly come to adore. It happened when good friend and writing buddy Deb Raney introduced me to that wonderful Eric and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights

It happened when I was listening to NPR one day in the car on the way home from Kroger, and the announcer mentioned something about some new British show that was supposedly taking America by storm. Ahem... 


















It happened one day on Facebook when I had posted something about Sense & Sensibility (and how I love that movie), and a reader asked if I'd seen North & South. What's not to love?

Then it happened for me again most recently a couple of weeks ago with a series set in the old West. I remember seeing the previews of the show when it first debuted in 2011 but I was on a frienzied writing deadline and the recordings on my DVR came and went. 

Then week before last when I was searching Netflix for something new to watch instantly on my iPad, up popped Hell on Wheels, and oh, I was quickly in series love again.


The setting? 1865, just after the Civil War when the Transcontinental Railroad was being built. Hell on wheels refers to the settlement that accompanied the construction of the railroad, along with the variety of company men, surveyors, support workers, laborers, and prostitutes who populated it. The show centers around "the race" between the Union Pacific Railroad of the East and Central Pacific Railroad of California to build a railroad that would ultimately connect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States by rail for the first time. 

The show's main character is Cullen Bohannon (isn't that a great Southern name?), a former Confederate soldier who works as a foreman while also working to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and child. Let's just say this character was created for Anson Mount (the guy who plays Cullen). Oh my goodness, in so many ways. I'm just sayin'...

Granted, this show isn't for the faint of heart in regard to violence or "brothel behavior" of the day, but this western-lovin'-gal-at-heart is eating up the first two seasons. Season 3 premieres later this year. The characters are great, the writing is spot on, and the costumes are deliciously detailed and authentic. In fact, I just got the inspiration for my next "cover dress" from one of the episodes. Love it when that happens.

Tell me, have you experienced "series love" anytime recently? I watch a show every day as I walk on the treadmill, so I'll be needing a new series soon. Please share!

Blessings on your Tuesday, friends!

8 comments:

  1. Trying to picture our sweet Tammy watching a show called "Hell on Wheel." I find myself chuckling. Ha! Sounds like a great show!
    - Rachel McRae

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    1. LOL, Rachel. This really made me smile. It's a great show. Definitely not "G" rated but (painfully) accurate to the times and setting.

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  2. So I was just commenting on your book give away and decided to read some other posts. Since becoming a mommy I've become hooked on netflix and my kindle:) I read sooooo much and when I watch netflix its more of a binge of a show. I love all of Jane Austens books and book turned movies. I love North and South and now I look forward to trying Hell on Wheels.

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    1. Anne, I love North and South too. Love that you're hooked on Netflix and your Kindle. Me as well. Blessings on your sweet little one. Bet you're a fabulous mommy.

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  3. May I sugguest another show you may like? Bomb Girls... I would love to know what you think about it.
    Dianne

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    1. Hey Dianne, have never even heard of that. Will have to check it out. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Just saw this post and wanted to recommend a series I love on Netflix. It's called White Collar, set in modern day NYC. A high end thief get caught and, to avoid jail, starts working for the white collar crime unit of the FBI while trying to sort out his past. Love the characters (and actors who play them), witty script, posh locations.

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I've added that to my list too. That sounds like a show I'd love! Blessings on your Easter, everyone!

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